Danish Submitted Surnames

Danish names are used in the country of Denmark in northern Europe. See also about Scandinavian names.
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AABERG Danish, Norwegian
Danish and Norwegian cognate of ÅBERG.
AABY Norwegian, Danish
From a place called Aaby or Åby, from Old Norse á "small river, stream" and býr "farm".
AAS Norwegian, Danish
Variant spelling of ÅS.
ABILDGÅRD Danish
Means "apple farm."
ÅS Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
Means "ridge, hill" in the Scandinavian languages.
BANG Danish
Originally a nickname denoting a loud or brash person, from Old Danish bang "noise" (from Old Norse banga "to pound, hammer" of echoic origin). A literary bearer was Danish author Herman Bang (1857-1912).... [more]
BAY Danish, Norwegian (Rare)
Likely a reduced form of German BAYER.
BENDTSDATTER Danish (Archaic), Norwegian (Archaic)
Strictly feminine patronymic for Bendt.
BERNTSEN Norwegian, Danish
Means "son of BERNT".
BERWALD German, Swedish (Rare), Danish (Rare)
Originally derived from the given name Bernwald, composed of Old High German bern, bero "bear" and wald "ruler". Later altered to Bärwald "bear forest", from German Bär "bear" and Wald "forest"... [more]
BILDT Swedish, Danish
Bildt is a Danish-Swedish-Norwegian noble family originating from Jutland in Denmark and now domiciled in Bohus county in southwest Sweden. The Norwegian branch of the family died out in the beginning of the 18th century... [more]
BIRCH English, German, Danish, Swedish (Rare)
From Middle High German birche, Old English birce, Old Danish birk, all meaning "birch". This was likely a topographic name for someone living by a birch tree or a birch forest... [more]
BOHR Danish (Rare)
Variant of BÄHR or BAAR. A notable bearer was Danish physicist Niels Bohr (1885-1962).
BOLDING Danish
Habitational name from a place so named in Jutland.
BOLT Danish, German
Variant of Boldt.
BONDE Swedish, Old Swedish, Danish
From Old Norse bóndi "farmer". Used as both a last name and a (rare) given name in Sweden (see BONDE for the given name and BONDESSON as an example of a patronymic derived from this name)... [more]
BORRESEN Danish
The Danish surname Borresen has two origins. Boerresen is composed of -sen 'son' + the given name Boerre, the modern equivalent of Old Norse Byrgir 'the helper' (from proto-Indo-European root BHER- 'to carry, bear')... [more]
BOYE English, German, Dutch, Frisian, Danish
From the Germanic given names Boio or Bogo, which are of uncertain origin. Also possibly a variant of Bothe.
BRAHE Danish (Rare), Swedish (Rare)
Danish and Swedish noble family with roots in Scania and Halland, southern Sweden (both provinces belonged to Denmark when the family was founded). A notable bearer was Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe (1546-1601).
BRANNER Danish, German, English
Danish variant of BRANDER and German variant of BRANTNER.
CONRADI German, Danish (Rare), Norwegian (Rare)
Derived from a patronymic from the given name Konrad.
CRABB English, Scottish, German, Dutch, Danish
English and Scottish, from Middle English crabbe, Old English crabba ‘crab’ (the crustacean), a nickname for someone with a peculiar gait. English and Scottish from Middle English crabbe ‘crabapple (tree)’ (probably of Old Norse origin), hence a topographic name for someone who lived by a crabapple tree... [more]
DAAE Literature, Norwegian, Danish (Rare), Swedish (Rare)
Norwegian surname, originating in Trondheim in the 17th century. Also a variant of Daa, the name of a Danish noble family which originated in Southern Jutland in the 14th century. ... [more]
DAHMER German, Danish
A northern German or Danish habitual name for someone from one of the many places named Dahme in Brandenburg, Holstein, Mecklenburg, or Silesia. A famous bearer of this name was Jeffrey Dahmer, serial killer (1960 - 1993).
DALE Norwegian, Danish
Habitational name from any of the various farmsteads called Dale in Norway. Derived from Old Norse dalr "valley".
DAMM German, Danish
Topographic name from Middle High German damm "dike".
DAN Romanian, Vietnamese, English, Danish
Ethnic name in various European languages (including Danish and English) meaning ‘Dane’. ... [more]
DAUGAARD Danish
Danish name element gård "farmstead, yard" combined with prefix dau of unknown origin. ... [more]
DELEURAN French (Huguenot), Danish
Huguenot surname of unknown origin. This family emigrated to Denmark in the 16th century, and now most members of the family are Danish
DROST Dutch, German, Danish
Occupational name for a steward or head servant.
ELIASSEN Norwegian, Danish
Means "son of ELIAS".
ENEVOLDSEN Danish
Means "son of Enevold".
ERICSEN Danish
Means 'Son of Eric'.
FAABORG Danish
Habitational name from a place so called.
FALKENBERG German, Danish, Swedish (Rare), Norwegian (Rare)
Habitational name from any of several places named from Old High German falk "falcon" and berg "mountain, hill".
FEY German, English, French, Danish
English: variant of Fay. ... [more]
GJESSING Norwegian, Danish (Rare)
Used in Norway and Denmark since the 1600s. Probably of German origin.
GOLDBERG German, Jewish, Danish
From German gold 'gold' and -berg, meaning 'gold-mountain'.
GRIMM English, German, Danish, Swedish (Rare), Norwegian (Rare)
From a nickname for a stern and forbidding individual, derived from the Old High German word grim "stern, severe". Or possibly from the given name GRÍMR derived from Old Norse gríma "mask, helmet"... [more]
HAGEMANN German, Danish
1. German: topographic name for someone who lived by a hedge or enclosure, from Middle High German hac ‘enclosure’, ‘hedge’, Middle Low German hage + mann ‘man’. ... [more]
HALLA Danish
Derived from the Old Norse HALLR, which means 'flat stone, rock' or 'sloping, leaning to one side'... [more]
HAMBERG German, Danish, Jewish
German, Danish, and Jewish (Ashkenazic) habitational name from any of several places named Hamberg. Jewish (Ashkenazic) variant of Hamburg.
HAMMERSMED Norwegian (Archaic, ?), Danish (Archaic, ?)
Occupational name for a blacksmith, from Danish & Norwegian hammer, 'hammer' and smed, 'smith'. See Hammersmith
HANSSEN Danish
Means "son of Hans"... [more]
HEE Danish, Norwegian, Dutch
A Danish habitational name from any of several places named from a word meaning ‘shining’ or ‘clear’, referencing a river.... [more]
HEIN German, Dutch, Danish, Jewish
German, Dutch, Danish, and Jewish (Ashkenazic): from a short form of the Germanic personal name Heinrich.
HELMEIER German, Dutch, Danish
Variant spelling of Helmeyer.
HELMEYER German, Dutch, Danish
From Hel in Norse mythology and Meyer meaning "higher, superior". It means ´blessed´ or ´holy´. The name is mostly found in Germany, but also in the Netherlands and some parts of Denmark.
HERLEV Danish
Derived from the suburb of Herlev in Denmark.
HINZ German, Danish (Rare)
Derived from the given name HINZ, a diminutive of HEINRICH.
HJELM Swedish, Danish
From Swedish hjälm or Danish hjelm, both derived from Old Norse hjalmr "helmet".
HOLM Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, English
Derived from Old Norse holmr, meaning "islet".
HØYER Danish
A surname relatively common in Denmark, derived from the Old Norse word haugr, meaning "mound, cairn, hill". Alternatively, meaning can be traced back to the old Germanic personal name Hucger, a compound consisting of hug- "heart, mind, spirit" and geirr "spear".
JENDRE German (Anglicized, Rare), Czech (Anglicized, Rare), Slovak (Anglicized, Rare), Danish (Anglicized, Rare)
Jendre is an anglicized version of many surnames throughout Europe that start with 'Jendre'.... [more]
JENSDATTER Norwegian, Danish
Strictly feminine patronymic of Jens.
JONAS Danish, German, Dutch, Norwegian
From the given name Jonas
KIERKEGAARD Danish
Means "farm near the church" from elements kirke meaning "church" and gaard meaning "farm." A famous bearer is Søren Aabye Kierkegaard, a Danish philosopher, theologian, poet, social critic and religious author who is widely considered to be the first existentialist philosopher.
KJÆR Danish, Norwegian
Topographic name for someone living near a wetland. Derived from Old Norse kjarr "swamp, bog".
KROG Norwegian, Danish
Habitational name from places named with krog "corner, bend".
LANGHORN English, Danish, Dutch
Northern English: probably a habitational name from a minor place in Soulby, Cumbria, called Longthorn, from Old English lang ‘long’ + horn ‘projecting headland’, or a topographic name with the same meaning.... [more]
LARSDATTER Norwegian, Danish
Strictly feminine patronymic for Lars.
LASSEN Danish
Variant of Larsen.
LAURIDSEN Danish
Means "son of LAURIDS".
LAURSEN German, Norwegian, Danish
Norwegian, Danish, and North German: patronymic from Laur, a short form of Lawrence.
LINDE German, Dutch, Jewish, Spanish, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
Topographic name for someone who lived by a conspicuous lime tree, from Middle High German, Dutch linde, Scandinavian lind. There are several places, especially in North Germany, named with this word... [more]
LYNG Danish
"heather"
MARTINSEN Norwegian, Danish
Norwegian and Danish patronymic of Martin.
MØRK Danish
Means "dark" in Danish.
NANSEN Danish (Rare), Norwegian (Rare)
Patronymic name derived from an unknown given name.
NELSEN Danish
Means 'Son of Nels'.
NISSEN Danish
Means "son of Nis".
NORGAARD Danish
North "Nor" Farm "gaard"
NØRREGAARD Danish
An alternate spelling of Nørgaard. Literally meaning north farm in Danish.
NØRSKOV Danish
Means "northern forest" from the Danish nord "north" and skov "forest".
NYHOLM Swedish, Danish
Derived from Swedish and Danish ny "new" and holme "islet".
OBEL Danish
Surname
OLESDATTER Danish
Strictly feminine patronymic of Ole.
OLUFSEN Danish
Patronymic form of the Old Norse personal name "Anleifr", or "Oluf", which is composed of the elements "ans", god and "leifr", a relic.
OVERSON Danish, Norwegian
Altered spelling of Oveson, itself a patronymic from the personal name Ove, a Danish form of the older Aghi, with a second element possibly meaning "spear".
PAULSEN Norwegian, Danish
Means "son of PAUL".
PELLE Danish, German
From the personal name Pelle, a vernacular form of PETER.
POST Low German, Danish, Dutch
Topographic name for someone who lived near a post or pole (Middle Low German, Middle Dutch post, from Latin postis), presumably one of some significance, e.g. serving as a landmark or boundary, or a habitational name from any of several places in northern Germany called Post, probably from this word.
PRÆST Danish
From Danish præst meaning "priest".
ROMANSEN Danish
Means 'Son of Roman'.
ROOS Estonian, Swedish, Danish, Dutch, German (Swiss), Low German
Means "rose" in Estonian and Dutch. Swedish and Danish variant of Ros, also meaning "rose". This could be a locational name for someone living near roses, an occupational name for someone who grew roses, or a nickname for someone with reddish skin.
SAND English, Scottish, Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, German, Jewish
Topographic name for someone who lived on patch of sandy soil, from the vocabulary word sand. As a Swedish or Jewish name it was often purely ornamental.
SKAU Norwegian, Danish
Ultimately derived from Old Norse skógr "forest".
SKOV Danish
Means "forest" or "woods" in Danish.
SMED Norwegian, Swedish, Danish
Scandinavian cognate of Smith.
SØGÅRD Danish
Means "sea farm" indicating a farmstead near the sea or open water.
SØNDERGAARD Danish
Habitational name from sønder "southern" and gård "enclosure", "farm".
SØNDERGÅRD Danish
Means "southern farm."
SØRENSDATTER Danish, Norwegian
Strictly feminine patronymic of Søren.
STIGWARD Scottish, Danish, Swedish
The proper form of "Stewart"
STORM English, German, Dutch, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian (Rare)
Nickname for a man of blustery temperament, from Middle English, Middle Low German, storm, Old Norse stormr meaning "storm".
STRØM Norwegian, Danish
Means "stream" in Norwegian and Danish. ... [more]
STUHR German, Danish, German (Austrian)
A nickname for an inflexible, obstinate person.
TESCHER German, Danish
Occupational name for a joiner or a variant of Tasch.
THEISEN German, Danish, Norwegian
German, Danish, and Norwegian: patronymic from a reduced form of the personal name Matthias or Mathies (see Matthew).
THIESSEN German, Danish
Reduced form of the personal name Matthias or Mathies.
TORP Norwegian, Swedish, Danish
Scandinavian form of THORPE.
VILLADSEN Danish
Villadsen means "son of Villads".
VINTHER Danish
Danish variant of Winter.
WARMING Danish
Probably originating near the town of Ribe in Southeast Denmark. It appears as both Warming and Varming.... [more]
WENDT German, Danish
Ethnic name for a Wend, Middle High German wind(e). The Wends (also known as Sorbians) once occupied a large area of northeastern Germany (extending as far west as Lüneburg, with an area called Wendland), and many German place names and surnames are of Wendish origin... [more]
WESTERGAARD Danish
Danish variant of Westergård.
WIND English, German, Danish
Nickname for a swift runner, from Middle English wind "wind", Middle High German wint "wind", also "greyhound".